December 25, 2013 Subject:
PRC: What you saw is what you get
Reading the blog of one reviewer made me smile. He says that when this was transfezred to video tape, it lost much of its contrast, making some scenes in the cave very dark. PRC was notorious for not spending money and that included proper lighting. Like its counterpart, Monogram, some scenes were lit only by a candle or overhead light. The actors were usually rank amateurs at best, except for one main actor like George Zucco. He was able to get by with a few expressions and dramatic readings. This horror film no doubt once saw the light of day on the sceen of a third run movie house on a side street. The patrons there were not looking for high class entertainment. usually just a place to flop and take a nap. If the moms of yesteryear knew where their little darlings were going on Saturday or what they were going to see (they had no movie ratings in those days) they would have probably kept them home. This is why these films found popularity on early television. You could watch them in the safety of your livingroom.
June 5, 2011 Subject:
I downloaded and tried to watch the 375MB MPEG4 file, but audio/video sync was slightly off. So I downloaded the 819MB file on this page.
June 7, 2010 Subject:
Thanks to the early days of independent television in New York, I loved this one as a kid and I still think it's fun. With so many similarities to Lugosi's "Devil Bat" it could be considered a remake. A cast of second feature stalwarts is headed by leading villain George Zucco, though he doesn't make much use of the wide-eyed stare that turned him into one of the creepiest men alive. The screenplay is enjoyable nonsense about a fabulous Aztec treasure and Quetzalcoatl, the flying serpent god who guards it. Considering they came from poverty row studio PRC, the production values are impressive. There are several fine matte paintings, and the flying serpent FX are surprisingly good for a 1946 quickie. By not trying to do too much, this little horror gem that's more fun than horror gets the job done. FOOTNOTES: Another low budget gem starring George Zucco is "Dead Men Walk," in which he plays twins, one of whom is a vampire. Dwight Frye is his henchman. It's available here at the Archive. Bela Lugosi's "Devil Bat" is also available and recommended.
Reviewer:Fireball Steve Zodiac -
January 4, 2009 Subject:
good monster movie
The only complaint I have with this movie is that when it was dubbed to video it should have had it's contrast and brightness adjusted a little. The dark cave scenes are hard to see, so is the mystery bird. It would have been nice to catch just a little more detail. Have fun.
November 29, 2008 Subject:
THE FLYING SERPENT 1945
GREAT LITTLE CLASSIC FILM WITH GEORGE ZUCCO.THE SPECIAL EFFECTS OF THE BIRD NOT BAD FOR 1945.